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Parent Information Relating to Special Education
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
When other events become available they will be posted at:
Building a Community of Support: Bringing the Disability Community Together Through Group Support, Advocacy, and Education
Sun. Jan 26 through Sun. Feb. 9
This virtual training will include video content, written content, discussion opportunities, and resources.
Stretching Your Dollars for Kinship Families
Mon. Feb. 3, 6-8 pm, Gum Springs CC 8100 Fordson Rd, Alexandria
Following a dinner for the family, the Financial Empowerment Center will present financial planning information.  Childcare provided.
Register by Jan. 29:  email  or 703 246-4653
Plan Ahead — Parenting & Navigating the Teen & Tween Years — 7 week course
Thu. Feb. 13-March 26, 9-11 am, Riverside ES 8410 Old Mt. Vernon Rd. Alexandria
Join other parents of 10-16 yr. olds to address how to set routines, manage conflict and navigate exposure to drugs and tobacco.
Register:  Meg Turkson, Parent Liaison at
La crianza y navegación de la adolescencia — taller de 7 semanas en español
5 de febrero al 18 de marzo, 6-8 pm, Poe MS 7000 Cindy Ln. Annandale
Se centra en crear un ambiente para apoyar cambios de comportamiento positivos con familias de niños mayores de 11 años.
Registrarse:  703-820-9001 x 105
Anxiety and Other Emotional Problems in Youth: Understanding and Treatment
Wed. Feb 5, 7:30—9:00 pm,  Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
After a review of anxiety symptoms in youth, the presentation will discuss current therapies and research which is developing novel therapies.
Time Management, Organization, and Attention: Your Questions Answered
Thu. Feb. 6, noon-1 pm, Online Chat
Bring your questions about learning skills with which your student may have difficulty, such as finishing on time or keeping track of assignments.
Social Stories
Mon. Feb. 10, 9:00-10:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Learn how to create social stories, which are an important tool to address specific behavioral challenges and to help prepare a child for upcoming events.
Register by Feb. 6:  email or phone 703-824-0129
Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts — with Webinar Option
Fri. Feb. 7, 10:00 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how special needs trusts and ABLE accounts can safeguard government benefits while ensuring your child’s personal needs are met now and in the future.
When the Bus Stops Coming
Sat. Feb. 8, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, LCPS Admin. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Planning for life after high school begins in elementary or middle school for parents and caregivers of youth with some disabilities.  Learn what you need to know.
Diploma Options & Graduation Requirements for Students with IEPs
Tue. Feb. 11, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about diploma options, graduation requirements, credit accommodations and locally verified credits for students with developmental disabilities.
REVIVE Trainings
Tue. Feb. 11, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Wed. Feb. 12, 3:00-4:30 pm, Gatlan Ctr. , 8119 Holland Rd. Alexandria
Sun. Feb. 16, 3:00-4:30 pm, A New Beginning Gym, 4213 Walney Rd. Chantilly
Learn what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Supplies are provided for use when needed.
Developmental Disability Advocacy Day in Richmond! 
Thu. Feb. 13, Carpool to Richmond and back
Drive yourself, come with friends, or request to be paired with a driver to go to Richmond, meet with legislators and advocate on developmental disability issues.
FASD from a Trauma Lens — Webinar
Tue. Feb. 11, 6:30-8:00 pm
A child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may need a unique combination of supports.
Beyond ADHD and Executive Function Challenges
Tue. Feb. 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Madison HS Lec. Hall 5, 2500 James Madison Dr. Vienna
Learn about a study program with simple, practical strategies to help students become more organized, more focused, and more efficient.
Plan Ahead — Parenting & Navigating the Teen & Tween Years — 7 week course
Thu. Feb. 13-March 26, 9-11 am, Riverside ES 8410 Old Mt. Vernon Rd. Alexandria
Join other parents of 10-16 yr olds to address how to set routines, manage conflict, and navigate exposure to drugs and tobacco.
Register:  Meg Turkson, Parent Liaison at
Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Adolescents to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness
Thu. Feb. 13, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about protective factors and assets:  how to foster them and how they can increase your child’s ability to respond to challenges.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Are We Helping Or Hurting Our Child’s Self-Esteem?
Thu. Feb 13, 11:45 am-1:45 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to talk to children in a way that helps them feel “heard”, emotionally supported and worthy, all keys to developing healthy self-esteem.
Understanding  ACES to Build Community Resilience
Fri. Feb 14, 12:30-2:30 pm, 1 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge
Learn how traumatic childhood events can have detrimental effects and how to build community resilience to decrease negative outcomes.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Tue. Feb. 18, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents along with treatment options and resources.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Fortalecimiento de Familias — taller de 8 semanas en español
19 de febrero-15 de abril, 6:00-8:30 pm, Glasgow MS  4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria
Únase con otros padres y jóvenes, edades 10 a 14, y fortalece el enlace familiar con discusiones, juegos, proyectos familiares. Cena gratis.
Registrarse:  703-820-9001 x 105
Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Special Needs
Thu. Feb. 20, 9:30 am-2:00 pm, Kelly Center 14715 Bristow Rd. Manassas
Plan now to keep options open.  This parent training program was developed by Virginia DOE in response to needs identified by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity
Fri. Feb. 21, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn important strategies to help form a positive relationship with your teen.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Super Transition Saturday 
Sat. Feb. 22, 8:30 am-12:15 pm, Jackson MS 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Learn about course options for students with disabilities. Members of a student/parent panel will describe their personal experiences as they navigated the transition process.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Film Screening: “Hearts of Glass”  
Thu. Feb. 27, 6-9 pm, ServiceSource 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Hearts of Glass is social entrepreneurship at the intersection of disability rights and sustainable, local food production.   A self-advocate and employer panel follow.
Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities
Fri. Feb. 28, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the effects of childhood adversity on development and what we can do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Plan Ahead — Unlocking Potential:  Cecily’s Advocacy Conference
Sat. Feb. 29, 8:30 am-2:00 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
This private school conference focuses on topics for families of students with disabilities and includes nationally known experts.
Save the Date — FCPS Special Education Conference
Sat. Apr. 18,   Hayfield SS 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria
This large conference for parents and teachers will also include a student strand for youth ages 14-22.
Support Groups
All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is respected.
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.
  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin:
  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: or call 703-799-2882.
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George or call 703- 545-6089.
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.
Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead: or 703-246-4653
Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   or  call 202-215-5859.
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:
OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm . Contact: or call 202-215-5859
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: